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Wunala Dreaming's Wingtip  
User currently offlineSafs From Australia, joined Dec 2005, 199 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2220 times:

I was browsing through the photo database when I came across this photo:


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Photo © Jyunchen Liu



Upon looking closer, I noticed that VH-OJE is wearing Wunala's wingtip.

I then checked a photo of Wunala Dreaming and she is wearing a standard red wingtip.


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Photo © Richard Austen



Any reason as to why the wingtips are this way? Any info is appreciated!

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User currently offlineJetMech From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 2684 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2123 times:



Quoting Safs (Thread starter):

Just a pure guess here Safs, but perhaps something occurred to the original wing tip on OJE. The wing tip off OEJ (whilst it was in maintenance?) was cannibalised to keep OJE flying, due to lack of spare wingtips. Once a new wing tip became available, it was then fitted onto OEJ to allow it to fly.

Regards, JetMech



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User currently offlineThreeFourThree From Australia, joined Nov 2007, 213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1975 times:

Another guess here, maybe since they though Wunala Dreaming might have some problems, they thought they would get extra parts?

User currently offlineQuetzal From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1878 times:

The original wingtip on OJE was struck by a budgie on take off and required replacement.

Then the dislexic QF engineers simply mixed up OJE/OEJ and put the wrong part on the wrong plane.... as you do.

It's really quite a simple explanation.



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User currently offlinePictues From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1772 times:

A B747-400 can fly with out a winglet so it wasn't for airworthyness but i believe there is a range penalty so might be why they wanted to replace it faster.

User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10594 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1664 times:



Quoting Quetzal (Reply 3):
Then the dislexic QF engineers simply mixed up OJE/OEJ and put the wrong part on the wrong plane.... as you do.

Are these people directly taken over from the school for the blind?


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